By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN Jason Benzing resigned from his seat on the Dassel City Council last week.
Benzing was appointed by the council in 2009, to fill the vacant seat of Bob Wilde, who moved out of the city.
In 2010, Benzing was elected to serve a four-year term and ran unopposed in the November 2014 election.
Benzing resigned Dec. 16, effective immediately, three weeks before he was to begin his second term.
“To be a good council member, it takes a lot of time and effort. As much as I love Dassel, the work has been taking my focus from where it needs to be,” Benzing commented.
He also noted that it wasn’t his intention to run for reelection, stating “I’ve done my part, and I felt it was time for someone else to do their’s.”
“I only put my name on the ballot five minutes before the deadline because no one else stepped up,” Benzing said, adding now that he has resigned, the opening will receive more attention, rather than “Mickey Mouse winning with two write-in votes.”
Mayor Jeffrey Putnam commented on Benzing’s resignation, stating he appreciates everything Benzing has done for the city, such as providing his knowledge and research. He also brought a different perspective to the council table, which is “the way it’s supposed to be,” Putnam said.
The next step
The council now has a decision to make as to how it will go about filling the vacancy.
Upon accepting Benzing’s resignation, the council can decide either to appoint a new member to the council or call for a special election, according to Terri Boese, city clerk/treasurer.
By appointing a member, the council can either seek applications or act on a council recommendation. The appointee would fill the seat until the next general election.